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7 Clean Eating-Approved Sweeteners

Whether you want to sweeten up beverages or you're in need of a sugar substitute for baking, these seven clean sweeteners take the cake.

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Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar

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As a less-processed replacement for white or brown sugar, Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar offers a light caramel flavor that lends itself to breads, cookies or oatmeal. 

$7, bobsredmill.com 

SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia SteviaClear Sweet Drops

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Just add five drops of SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia SteviaClear Sweet Drops to
8 ounces of water for a naturally sweetened drink. 

$15.50, sweetleaf.com

GloryBee Raw Organic Fair Trade Honey

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GloryBee Raw Organic Fair Trade Honey is unfiltered and minimally processed to maintain its pollens. A portion of sales go toward the “Save the Bee” initiative, which funds bee-health research as well as educational programs for beekeepers. 

$11, glorybee.com

Coombs Family Farms Grade A Dark Robust Pure Maple Syrup

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Top your pancakes and waffles with Coombs Family Farms Grade A Dark Robust Pure Maple Syrup sourced from Vermont maple trees. It has a rich, deep flavor and sweetness indicative of its quality.

$5 and up, per 8 oz, coombsfamilyfarms.com 

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

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Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar (or organic evaporated cane juice) is a Fair Trade Certified choice sourced from organic sugar cane grown in South America. 

$6 per 2 lb, wholesomesweet.com

Xlear XyloSweet

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Even though it tastes like sugar, Xlear XyloSweet boasts zero grams of sugar per serving, making it a great choice for diabetics or for those who want to avoid sugar entirely. This 100% Xylitol sweetener, sourced from non-GMO corn, is a direct substitute for sugar in recipes like cookies, sorbets and sauces. (Just ensure your pets don’t get their paws on it since Xylitol is toxic for dogs.) 

$8 per 1 lb, xlear.com

NOW Real Food Date Sugar

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Ideal as a substitute for brown sugar in baked goods, NOW Real Food Date Sugar is made from finely chopped dried dates and doesn’t undergo any processing.

$8, nowfoods.com